See rare plants and enjoy a green Oasis at the Botanical Garden of University of Vienna. The garden is accessible year-round free of charge. Established in 1754 by Empress Maria Theresia it served as a medical plant garden. To this day the garden fulfills several functions. The Botanical Garden is a part of the core facility of the Faculty of Life Sciences. It is an independent organizational unit of the University of Vienna. Scientists do research here and as an inner-city habitat for animals it helps with conservation of species. The people of Vienna use it as a recreational oasis in the middle of the city.
The Botanical Garden of University of Vienna is an Oasis with a great plant variety
As a visitor you can explore more than 12.000 plant species from six continents. Various showcases and plant collections make a visit to the Botanical Garden worthwhile. The tropical house is home to numerous tropical plants. The Alpine collection houses about 500 species that grow in the harsh climate of the Alps. As the name implies, the Cactus collection showcases a variety of different cacti. There is also a 300 m² big bamboo grove.
The garden is located right next to Belvedere Palace in Vienna’s 3rd district. You can access it via three entrances:
* Main entrance via Mechelgasse corner Praetoriusgasse
* Entrance Upper Belvedere over the Alpengarten
* Entrance Jacquintor in Jacquingasse
The garden opens every day except for a short time from 24th of December to 6th of January.
Combine your trip to the garden with a visit to Belvedere palace. The two Belvedere castles were built at the beginning of the 18th century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the Belvedere houses the most important collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present.
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